Skill development and creation of self-employment opportunities for job-seeking rural youth is being given a major thrust with Venkatachalam mandal near Nellore city becoming a hub of training and development centres with government and private participation.
The Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), an independent body under the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, has joined hands by initiating the process for setting up its building centre and production unit at Saraswatinagar near Venkatachalam at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
The arrival of BMPTC is seen as a major fillip to the already existing organisations which are actively supporting the cause of rural women and youth. One of the objectives of the BMTPC centre would be to encourage entrepreneurs and individuals to acquire skills in low-cost housing and construction technologies and set up their own production units. This is expected to create huge employment opportunities in the long run.
In due course of time, these initiatives are expected to benefit a large segment of educated and uneducated rural and semi-urban youths. Basic skills in construction sector, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and other areas are seen as having good potential for generating employment for them.
Welcoming the setting up of these centres, Swarna Bharath Trust chairperson Deepa Venkat said that thousands of employable youths have been given basic training in various professions at their facility at Venkatachalam and they were doing well by either finding employment or doing jobs in different firms.
She said that with the advent of centres like BMTPC, Nellore region would stand to gain considerably in terms of solving unemployment problem and ensuring better living standards. The BMTPC has played a key role in developing school-cum-cyclone shelters, disaster resistant houses, low-cost community halls and so on in various states.